Roger Federer: I lost against Rafael Nadal, the best clay-courter ever


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Roger Federer: I lost against Rafael Nadal, the best clay-courter ever

Roger Federer takes what's positive from his clay-court season. The Swiss player admitted that Rafael Nadal was too strong in their French Open semi-final match. "I was really positive about my clay-court swing. I lost against the best clay-court player ever, so there is no shame there.

I tried everything I had and [we played in] unbelievably windy conditions. It was really challenging. I loved it actually, to play Rafa in that situation, the way it was. But I left [Paris] very positive," said Federer. "[Grass] highlights my strength and it maybe hides my weaknesses.

From that standpoint, I can play how I want, on my terms, how I would like. When you feel that way, it is maybe what Rafa feels on the clay... I have all the options and when you have options, it gives you options to win and different tactics you can use against different players.

That gives you maybe that little bit more margin you need to stay out of trouble and win matches." Federer feels confident heading into Halle: "Compared to [the past] few years, I have had much less time to prepare for the grass-court season.

Not having played the clay before [in 2017 and 2018], I had plenty of time. So, I don't want to say I feel stressed, but the transition was definitely faster than in the past few years," concluded Federer.